Kelsey Parker: Tom Parker’s widow pays touching tribute to The Wanted star one year after his death

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Kelsey Parker says being in the hospice feels ‘like it was yesterday’ as she pays tribute to Tom

Kelsey Parker has shared a touching tribute to Tom Parker to mark one year since The Wanted star’s death.

The grieving widow, 32, who lives in Bolton, posted a sweet photo alongside her late husband on Instagram with the caption: “One year without you ❤️ forever my soulmate”

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The simple message was shared with 407,000 fans who’ve been commenting words of support since The Wanted singer’s tragic death.

“It’s been a year since I lost him, but it feels like yesterday. I’ve not really wanted to face this month because it’s the realisation that he’s not been here for a whole year and how much we all miss him,”Kelsey told OK! Magazine.

She went on to describe how “weird” it felt that the tour he took part in was three years ago but his passing feels recent.

The mother-of-two revealed that the anxiety brought on by the anniversary of Tom’s death developed into a tic.

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When asked about the future, the grieving widow admitted: “I don’t feel like there is a positive in my life at the moment. It’s just awful what’s happened to us as a family."

To commemorate his death, Kelsey returned to one of the most treasured places that she visited with Tom and their children when he was alive. The doting mum was joined by the couple’s children at their beloved Broadstairs beach in Kent.

She has also planned a private way to mark the important date. Kelsey and her family will be going to a private bench that is really “special” to them, where she plans to lay flowers and remember their time together as a family.

It was over two years ago in October 2020, that Tom shared the news of his diagnosis with fans while Kelsey was pregnant with their second child, son Bodhi.

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He bravely posted:“Hey guys, you know that we’ve both been quiet on social media for a few weeks and it’s time to tell you why. There’s no easy way to say this but I’ve sadly been diagnosed with a Brain Tumour and I’m already undergoing treatment.”

He also worked with Channel 4 to take part in the emotional documentary ‘Tom Parker: Inside My Head’ in which he talked about his experience and also arranged a star-studded charity concert to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer. Viewers were left in tears as he admitted: “I don’t want people to treat me differently just because I’ve got something, I think that was always on my mind.”

Tom battled bravely against the disease but on 30 March 2022, at the age of 33, lost his battle with terminal brain cancer glioblastoma leaving behind a window and two children.

Kelsey has continued to bravely move forward for the sake of keeping her family above board. She marked International Women’s Day by speaking to HELLO! about how her children, Aurelia, nearly three, and Bodhi, two, have kept her strong, whilst dealing with the grief of losing The Wanted singer to a brain tumour.

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She said: "I never wanted it to be sad for the kids. Whenever we filmed anything, Tom and I used to dance together because we were not going to let our house be a sad environment for them”.

Last year, Kelsey took part in a gruelling five day fundraising trek, alongside Pete Wicks and Vicky Pattison, across the Sahara Desert which had been organised by Giovanni Fletcher to raise money for breast cancer. She is now making it her mission to spread the word about cancer and grief.

Fans were touched by her tribute on Instagram, not only because it was a special day but also because of everything she has contributed to over the past year.

Fans took to Instagram to share their own experiences and offer support.

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One said: ”A year that feels like a second and likewise a lifetime. Hope he brings you signs that fill your heart x”

Another shared: “A bit over 3 months since I lost my husband in the same devastating glioblastoma... so I get it 💔

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